The recent bushfire which tore through 108 hectares of land and made it to the doorstep of the Mount Compass township has had a devastating effect on nearby farms.
A hay shed was lost alongside livestock and a significant amount of fencing. Thankfully, thanks to the brave work of 250 dedicated emergency services personnel and volunteers, no homes or lives were lost.
During the blaze 83 loads of water were dropped via aircraft and it took a further four days of careful monitoring and the putting out of spot fires before the area was declared safe.
The community is now rallying behind farmers and residents affected by the fire, and last Saturday a large convoy consisting of over a dozen vehicles and trailers made their way to vineyards in McLaren Vale to collect donated fence posts, which were then delivered to the owners of properties on Cleland Gully Road in Mount Compass.
The working bee was organised by Alexandrina Councillor and Mt Compass resident Bill Coomans who said the community spirit was inspiring.
"The affected people were a little overwhelmed and grateful for the community support, but it was great to see a few smiles," he said.
"Mount Compass is renowned for its positive community spirit and always getting behind those in need. Businesses too, like Compass Tanks, Compass Feeds and the local Thrifty Link Hardware assisted with this project.
"The community is also so grateful for its local CFS Brigade heroes, as this bunch of men and women were first on the scene at the start of the bushfire and probably saved six homes from destruction. They were then aided by CFS HQ staff and volunteers from a myriad of other CFS brigades in the southern region."
Mr Coomans said a special community fundraising event is in the planning stages for March, in aid of the Mount Compass CFS.